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[suhb-di-vahyd, suhb-di-vahyd] /ˌsʌb dɪˈvaɪd, ˈsʌb dɪˌvaɪd/
verb (used with object), subdivided, subdividing.
to divide (that which has already been divided) into smaller parts; divide again after a first division.
to divide into parts.
to divide (a plot, tract of land, etc.) into building lots.
verb (used without object), subdivided, subdividing.
to become separated into divisions.
Origin of subdivide
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Late Latin subdīvīdere. See sub-, divide
Related forms
subdividable, adjective
subdivider, noun
unsubdivided, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for subdivide
  • If custom held, they would subdivide their father's land, in their turn.
  • For years, he'd weighed various plans to subdivide the field.
  • The first step in the process of submitting to subdivide a piece of land is to apply for a tentative tract or parcel map number.
  • Developers will see an increase in processing time for applications to subdivide parcels.
  • Further subdivide as desired, but maintain a distinct and identifiable correspondence to this allocation.
  • Contemporary translations subdivide these into seventeen books.
British Dictionary definitions for subdivide


/ˌsʌbdɪˈvaɪd; ˈsʌbdɪˌvaɪd/
to divide (something) resulting from an earlier division
(transitive) (US & Canadian) to divide (land) into lots for sale
Derived Forms
subdivider, noun
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Word Origin and History for subdivide

early 15c., from Late Latin subdividere from sub in the sense of "resulting from further division" (see sub-) + Latin dividere (see division).

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